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1. Jack Carson Jack Carson Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace When Jack Carson arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he found work at RKO as an extra. His first major acting role came alongside Humphrey Bogart in the romantic comedy Stand-In. After a few years, he developed into a popular character actor who would be seen in a large number of comedies, musicals and a few westerns...
2. Dick Powell Dick Powell Actor, Murder, My Sweet In the 1930s , Dick Powell was the juvenile lead in the Warner backstage musicals opposite such rising stars as Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell. After his career in musicals, he was cast in private-eye roles and became a producer and director for both TV and movies.
3. Zasu Pitts Zasu Pitts Actress, Greed Classic comedienne Zasu Pitts, of the timid, forlorn blue eyes and trademark woebegone vocal pattern and fidgety hands, was born to Rulandus and Nellie (Shay) Pitts, the third of four children on January 3, 1894. Her aged New York-native father, who lost a leg back in the Civil War era, had settled the family in Kansas by the time ZaSu was born but relocated to Santa Cruz...
4. Monty Woolley Monty Woolley Actor, The Bishop's Wife Large and hearty Monty Woolley was born to privilege on August 17, 1888, the son of a hotel proprietor who owned the Marie Antoinette Hotel on Broadway. A part of Manhattan's elite social circle at a young age, he studied at both Yale (Master's degree) and Harvard and returned to Yale as an English instructor and coach of graduate dramatics...
5. Henry Daniell Henry Daniell Actor, The Great Dictator One of Hollywood's greatest screen villains, Charles Henry Daniell had the profound misfortune to make his professional theatrical debut on the eve of World War I. His life thus interrupted, he served in the trenches on the Western Front with the 2nd Battalion of the British Army's Norfolk Regiment...
6. Yasujirô Ozu Yasujirô Ozu Director, Tokyo Story Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
7. John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy Self, Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, to Rose Fitzgerald (A.K.A. Rose Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy. John was named after his maternal grandfather, John "HoneyFitz" Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston. John was very ill as a child and was given the last rites five times, the first one being when he was a new-born...
8. Jason Robards Sr. Jason Robards Sr. Actor, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Famed American stage actor. Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Appeared in many films, initially as a leading man, then in character roles and occasional bits. Consistently billed as Jason Robards, as his more famous son, Jason Robards, did not come into fame until the end of the elder Robards' career...
9. Pedro Armendáriz Pedro Armendáriz Actor, From Russia with Love Born in Mexican revolution times, Pedro Armendáriz was the first child of Mexican Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde and American Adele Hastings. He was raised in Churubusco, then a suburb of Mexico City, before the family traveled to Laredo, Texas. They lived there until 1921, the year Armendáriz' parents died...
10. Adolphe Menjou Adolphe Menjou Actor, Paths of Glory The words "suave" and "debonair" became synonymous with the name Adolphe Menjou in Hollywood, both on- and off-camera. The epitome of knavish, continental charm and sartorial opulence, Menjou, complete with trademark waxy black mustache, evolved into one of Hollywood's most distinguished of artists and fashion plates...
11. Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney Actor, 12 Angry Men
12. Sabu Sabu Actor, Jungle Book Sabu Dastagir (or Selar Shaik Sabu, depending on your resource) was born on January 27, 1924, in the little town of Mysore, India, which is nestled in the jungles of Karapur. The son of an elephant driver (mahout) in service for the Maharajah of his town, the young stable boy learned responsibility early in life when...
13. Édith Piaf Édith Piaf Soundtrack, Saving Private Ryan When one thinks of Edith Piaf, one thinks of love, sorrow and music. One did not breathe without the other two. Born in Paris practically on the streets on December 19, 1915, she struggled from day one, the daughter of street performers. The mother, a singer, eventually abandoned both Edith and her father for a solo career...
14. Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau Writer, Beauty and the Beast Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei Diaghilev...
15. Larry Keating Larry Keating Actor, When Worlds Collide Supporting actor in films and TV who portrayed witty and urbane although often curmudgeonly types.
16. Gordon Jones Gordon Jones Actor, Flying Tigers
17. John Farrow John Farrow Director, Hondo John Farrow wrote short stories and plays during his four-year career in the navy. In the late 1920s he came to Hollywood as a technical advisor for a film about Marines and stayed as a screenwriter, from A Sailor's Sweetheart through Tarzan Escapes. He married Tarzan's Jane, Maureen O'Sullivan, in 1936. He began directing in 1937 (Men in Exile and West of Shanghai)...
18. Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Soundtrack, The Departed Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth birthday...
19. C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis Writer, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis was born in 1898 and brought up in a very strict, religious household. While he was quite young, his mother died of cancer but the "stiff upper lip" in favour at the time meant he wasn't allowed to grieve. He became an Oxford don and led a sheltered life. He seriously questioned his religious beliefs and finally left the church...
20. Richard Barthelmess Richard Barthelmess Actor, Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl Richard Barthelmess was born into a theatrical family in which his mother was an actress. While attending Trinity College in Connecticut, he began appearing in stage productions. While on vacation in 1916, a friend of his mother, actress Alla Nazimova, offered him a part in War Brides, and Richard never returned to college...
21. Monte Blue Monte Blue Actor, Key Largo Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mother's application for his admission to the Soldier's and Sailor's Orphan's Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources have reported his first name as George or Gerald...
22. Mary Gordon Mary Gordon Actress, The Bride of Frankenstein Short, plump, kind-faced character actress in US films, best remembered for her lilting Scots accent, her top-knotted silver hair and her dangling earrings.
23. Jean Brooks Jean Brooks Actress, The Seventh Victim Fluent in Spanish, Jean Brooks began professionally by singing with Enric Madriguera and Orchestra in New York. She had a small role in the New York City-filmed The Crime of Doctor Crespi and the second lead in a Broadway play, "Name Your Poison" (1938), with Lenore Ulric, all under her real name of Jeanne Kelly. She was...
24. Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley Writer, The Devils Aldous Leonard Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, at Laleham in Godalming, Surrey, England. He was the third of four children. His brother Julian Huxley was a biologist known for his theories of evolution. His grandfather, named Thomas Henry Huxley, was a naturalist known as "Darwin's Bulldog." His father...
25. John Sutton John Sutton Actor, Jane Eyre Of British parentage, John Sutton was born in Rawalpindi, India (now part of Pakistan), on October 22, 1908. After graduating from Wellington College, he spent a decade or so working in various British colonies, including several in Africa, as a hunter, rancher and tea plantation manager. An avid wanderlust...
26. Grant Richards Grant Richards Actor, Love of Life
27. Clem Bevans Clem Bevans Actor, Saboteur Born in 1879, Clem Bevans spent most of his performing career on the stage. First appearing in 1900 in a vaudeville act with Grace Emmett as a boy and girl act, he would move on to burlesque and eventually make the move to Broadway and even opera productions. His first screen appearance did not come until 1935...
28. Barbara Read Barbara Read Actress, Make Way for Tomorrow
29. Tom Keene Tom Keene Actor, Plan 9 from Outer Space Not much is known about the early life of ruggedly handsome cowboy actor Tom Keene, born George Duryea in Rochester, New York. However, he arrived in Hollywood in the late 1920s after college studies at Columbia and Carnegie Tech and immediately made some impact as the lead of The Godless Girl. Known for his sharp...
30. Vernon Dent Vernon Dent Actor, Malice in the Palace Vernon Dent was born on February 16, 1895 in San Jose, California and educated there and in Oakland, California. Before entering motion pictures in 1919, he was an accomplished song writer. He entered movies (it is believed) in the Hank Mann Comedies for Arrow in 1919. From there Dent did a short series of one reel "Folly Comedies" for the independent Pacific Film Company in 1921-22...
31. Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath Writer, The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, to Otto and Aurelia Schoeber Plath, both professors. When Sylvia was eight, Otto died of complications from diabetes. Her mother struggled to give Sylvia and her younger brother every advantage of a superior education. Self-consciousness and anxiety...
32. Dinah Washington Dinah Washington Soundtrack, Shutter Island Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former Ruth Lee Jones moved with her family to Chicago as a young girl. She considered the Windy City her true home. And it was there in early 1940s that a local nightclub owner provided her first gig - and a new name that she would make famous. By 1959 she had earned a Grammy for her version of the song "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes." In his 2001 biography Q...
33. Clifford Odets Clifford Odets Writer, Sweet Smell of Success Clifford Odets dropped out of high school to pursue acting. In the 1930s he became a charter member of the Group Theatre, the famous "Method" acting troupe founded by Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford. Beginning with "Waiting for Lefty" (1935), Odets quickly became the most famous young playwright in America...
34. Al St. John Al St. John Actor, Riders of Destiny Silent-film comic who appeared in dozens of Mack Sennett's early Keystone comedies and would eventually create and star in his own vehicles for other studios. With the advent of sound, he became a character actor in westerns and later the bewhiskered sidekick of B-western heroes like Buster Crabbe, Robert Livingston and Lash La Rue.
35. Tom London Tom London Actor, Zorro's Black Whip Grizzled character actor of scores of Westerns. A native of Kentucky, he spent his early manhood as a salesman. He obtained work with the Selig film company in Chicago as a property man and came to California when that firm moved west. He began to get small parts in the Westerns Selig produced and both his expertise with horses and his rugged appearance soon led him to larger roles...
36. Douglas Croft Douglas Croft Actor, Yankee Doodle Dandy Who was the first "Robin, the Boy Wonder"? No, not Burt Ward, but this popular, curly-haired child actor of the 1940s. In addition to being in the first "Batman" film, he appeared in many other major films, mostly at Warner Brothers. In almost all of these films, he played the hero as a boy, "growing up" to be...
37. Don C. Harvey Don C. Harvey Actor, Forbidden Jungle Prolific character actor Don Harvey started his career playing in tent shows, repertory companies and radio with his wife Jean Harvey. While in Hollywood he starred on a radio show with Hedda Hopper. Harvey signed a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1949 and played in a several serials of the era: Atom Man vs. Superman...
38. Lee Harvey Oswald Lee Harvey Oswald Writer, Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? Alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, son of Marguerite Frances Claverie Oswald. He never knew his father, Robert Edward Lee Oswald, who had died 2 months before his birth of a heart attack. Oswald had 1 older full brother and another half-brother (from his mother's first marriage). Young Oswald was placed in a Lutheran orphanage at the age of 3...
39. Robert Frost Robert Frost Writer, Fireflies in the Garden Robert Lee Frost, arguably the greatest American poet of the 20th century, was born in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 1874. His father, William Prescott Frost Jr., was from a Lawrence, Massachusetts, family of Republicans, and his mother, Isabelle Moodie Frost, was an immigrant from Scotland...
40. Luana Walters Luana Walters Actress, The Corpse Vanishes Shapely film brunette Luana Walters was one of film western's more sensual prairie flowers during the late 30s and early 40s. She was certainly one of the more decorative distractions in between all those cowboy heroics displayed by her co-stars: Gene Autry, Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, Charles Starrett and Bill Elliott...
41. Raymond Greenleaf Raymond Greenleaf Actor, All the King's Men
42. Robert Hamer Robert Hamer Director, Kind Hearts and Coronets Robert James Hamer was born in 1911 along with his twin sister Barbara, the son of Owen Dyke Hamer, a bank clerk, and his wife, Annie Grace Brickell. He was educated at Cambridge University where he wrote some poetry and was published in a collection 'Contemporaries and Their Maker', along with the spy Donald Maclean...
43. Grace Hayle Grace Hayle Actress, The Great Dictator
44. Eddie Hall Eddie Hall Actor, Military Training
45. Patti Brill Patti Brill Actress, Sing Your Way Home
46. Roland Pertwee Roland Pertwee Writer, Dinner at the Ritz Actor/writer Roland Pertwee was born in Brighton, England, in 1885. He began his career in the arts as a painter, and received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy School of Art. His career as a painter didn't last long, however; after several individuals who commissioned him to paint their portraits were so unsatisfied with his work that they refused to pay for it...
47. Karyn Kupcinet Karyn Kupcinet Actress, The Ladies Man
48. Hal Le Sueur Hal Le Sueur Actor, No Fancy Cowboys
49. Franz Planer Franz Planer Cinematographer, Breakfast at Tiffany's Descended from a wealthy family of landowners in what was then Austria-Hungary, Franz Planer understood the importance of photography as an art form early in his life. He first stood behind the camera as a portrait photographer, working out of Vienna from 1910. He soon branched out, filming newsreels in Paris and...
50. George Dolenz George Dolenz Actor, The Last Time I Saw Paris George Dolenz was born in Italy in 1908 to a large family. He left Italy in the 1920s to start a new life and it seemed that he didn't want to look back on his old one. He arrived in Los Angeles in the 1940s and it was there that he somehow met up with Howard Hughes. Hughes signed him up as a leading man at RKO Pictures--which he owned--but...
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